Tag Archives: Irish Terrier

Paddy, a World War I hero

The Wellington Infantry Battalion sailed off to war in October 2014 with their mascot, Paddy, on board.

There was an order prohibiting pets but it was successfully argued that Paddy, an Irish Terrier, was a pre-war official mascot and therefore should be allowed to travel with the regiment.  Paddy belonged to Sergeant-Major Beaumont Woodhead, a professional soldier who was Company Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Company.

Photo courtesy of  National Army Museum

Photo courtesy of National Army Museum

Paddy served on the battlefields of Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Germany, eventually being promoted to the rank of Scout Sergeant- Major.

Paddy's name plate reading 'Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui' is on display at the National Army Museum

Paddy’s name plate reading ‘Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui’ is on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, New Zealand

Source:  National Army Museum

St Pawtrick’s Day

Does your dog celebrate St Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. St Pawtrick’s Day)?

St Patrick's dog

Most dogs don’t really enjoy being dressed in costume.  However, there are breeds that have Irish roots.  Let’s honor these breeds on St Patrick’s Day and simply include our dogs in the celebrations rather than dressing them up!

Grab a Guinness and let’s toast:

The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010

The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010

Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier

The Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound

The Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand